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The Future of Women Deacons

A Salt + Light event at Fordham University

View a video of this symposium on women deacons by clicking here ...

In August 2016, Pope Francis established the Study Commission on the Women's Diaconate to review the theology and history of the office of deacon in the Roman Catholic Church and the question of whether women might be allowed to become deacons. The commission was made up of 12 experts in patristic theology, ecclesiology, and spirituality and was led by Archbishop Luis Ladaria, SJ, who serves as the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

At this symposium on women deacons past, present, and future, two members of the Papal Study Commission on the Diaconate of Women spoke publicly for the first time. They were joined by an American woman religious who has done research on how women deacons would be received in U.S. parishes.


Commission member Phyllis Zagano, senior research associate-in-residence at Hofstra University and author of several books on women deaconsCommission member Fr. Bernard Pottier, SJ, faculty member at the Institute d'Etudes Théologiques in BrusselsSr. Donna Ciangio, OP, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Newark, and principal and founder of Church Leadership Consultation


Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, CEO of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation

Additional videos featuring Prof. Zagano (click the title):

Current Debate on Women Deacons and the Papal Commission

Salt & Light Media "Witness" Interview

Salt & Light Media "Women Deacons"

Global Perspectives "Questions for the Modern World: Women Deacons"

Women Deacons: Past, Present, Future | Conversations with America